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N ATIONAL D EMOCRATIC I NSTITUTE Foreword This Glossary was developed by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) as part of the Citizen Lebanon: Civic Education and Advocacy Program. Building on decades of experience working with citizens and civil society organizations, NDI has developed numerous tools and approach- es to enhance the quality and consistency of citizen input in political processes. Citizen Lebanon works to increase citizens’ understanding of democratic principles, facilitate their identification and conceptu- alization of issues that most affect them, and then support direct interaction between citizens and pub- lic officials to address these issues. The guiding principle of Citizen Lebanon is a spirit of partnership andrespectful dialogue - in order to achieve this, a common set of terms and agreement about their meaning is essential.This Glossary is part of NDI’s growing library of publications which form the basis for the Institute’s efforts to cre-ate a new and precise lexicon to convey the concepts central to democracy and governance. Putting some of theseprinciples into practice, the Glossary was developed through a consultative process with NDI’s staff in Lebanon,other field offices throughout the Middle East as well as the Institute’s Citizen Participation team. Special thanksalso to NDI’s civic partners in the Citizen Lebanon program, who served as the inspiration for this project and alsooffered valuable feedback throughout the process of development.While efforts to develop this Glossary have been exhaustive, it is by no means an authoritative resource. Userfeedback is essential - comments and thoughts on terms, definition, usage and regional application are desiredand actively encouraged. To make this process as simple as possible, please feel free to email any commentsto firstname.lastname@example.org.